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Hoarding is considered an offshoot of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but recently this categorization is being reevaluated. It’s estimated that about one in four people with OCD also are compulsive hoarders. It is possible that some time in the future hoarding will become its own distinct category. In the meantime, it’s very real, and more and more people are opening up about the difficulty hoarding presents in their lives.
Without exception, hoarding is always accompanied by varying levels of anxiety and sometime develops alongside other mental illnesses such as dementia and schizophrenia…
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Hoarding both relieves anxiety and produces it. The more hoarders accumulate, the more insulated they feel from the world and its dangers. Of course, the more they accumulate, the more isolated they become from the world, including family and friends. Even the thought of discarding or cleaning out hoarded items produces extreme feelings of panic and discomfort. –Gregory Jantz, PhD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story of scene about a character who hoards.

Journaling Prompt: What kinds of things do you feel like hoarding? Why?

Art Prompt: Hoarding behavior

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about anxiety and the behavior it can cause.

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